Bombing accused allegedly tied to Isis

2018-11-01 06:00
Protesters outside Verulam Family court. PHOTO: supplied

Protesters outside Verulam Family court. PHOTO: supplied

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THE 11 accused linked to the recent spate of bombings and the attack on Imam Hussain Mosque in Ottawa were linked to the terrorist group Isis during proceedings at the Verulam Family court on Tuesday, October 23.

Warrant Officer Benedict Chonco, from the Hawks, said the 11 accused are linked to the attack of the mosque and placement of bombs at Durban shopping centres.

According to information revealed in court, the suspects were identified in CCTV footage in stores after they allegedly placed the explosive devices.

The court heard that the house of one of the accused, Farhad Hoomer, in Reservoir Hills was used by group members to commit Isis activities and meetings were held there regularly. The court also heard that the device that was found at the mosque was similar to the one that was found at Hoomer’s house during a Hawks operation. Hoomer’s cellphone was also linked to the incident that happened at the mosque.

Chonco told the court that Hoomer is the owner of the house where the kidnapped victim was found chained up.

The accused Ahmed Haffejee‚ Hoomer, Thabit Mwenda‚ Mohamad Akbar‚ Seiph Mohamed‚ Amani Mayani‚ Abubakar Ali‚ Abbas Jooma‚ Mahammed Sobruin‚ Ndikumana Shabani, and Iddy Omani come from various countries including Tanzania, Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi and South Africa. They are facing charges of murder, attempted murder, extortion, Pocdatara [Protection of Constitutional Democracy Against Terrorist and Related Activities Act] and arson. The matter was adjourned for today, Thursday.

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